(Proverbs 26:18 KJV) As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death,
This describes a horror that occurs too frequently in our modern day. How often have we read about someone coming into a church, school or home and spreading death and destruction? Once is too often. This reminds us that it is not just a problem of modern times. In the days of Solomon they did not have firearms and roadside bombs. They did have “firebrands” (2131) and “arrows” (2671). In both cases “death” (4194) results.
The reason given in the verse is insanity. The context adds laziness, meddling and lying. Our culture tries to psychoanalyze the criminal. The Bible soul-analyzes.
So? Understand that the core cause of crime and violence is sin. It is spiritual in nature. The solutions offered by society are limited at best. Be willing to offer grace and forgiveness. It may be rejected, but that is on the head of the rejecter.